Quoted from "Whatever":
Originally Posted by der_ketzer
What if they make you your puppet though. Something like a screen that says: Go online now to play the final 5 story missins and experience the epic conclusion of ME3 or stop now and we delete your savegame.
In a sense, some parts of this were so near the truth that it's almost a prophecy.
First, it looks like EA really means it, although I could not believe it earlier, naive guy that I am. Registering ME3 DLC indeed means that the offline mode of Origin doesn't work anymore.
. That's as close to consumer deception as it gets considering former EA statements. So I bought a DLC that I won't play and can't give back. The game's reluctance to load games in offline mode that used a DLC is as close to "we delete your savegame" as I can imagine. BRA-VO, EA, you got my money already without delivering. Isn't that what you always wanted?
That company owes me. That company owes me so fucking much.
Second, building up the galaxy to actually be READY for the final assault requires you to play multiplayer
. Yes, it seems it's possible to reach the "best" ending without, but having your "readiness rating" consequently remain at 50% without the multiplayer, that leaves something to be desired. They don't even tell you why it remains there. It is EXPECTED that you find out by playing online. This is not a single player game, and heck, it should be.
Third, ME3 has effectively avoided the closure I was after (as discussed elsewhere). My decisions have built up to nothing; the fate of the universe is decided not in 100 hours of play, but in two really boring minutes; the last decision does not even have consequences that are really shown
, but are rather only hinted at.
Fourth, where does EA/Bioware go from here? With the coming DLCs, there are only two ways to go on. (a) the new story elements take place before the final assault and therefore hardly change anything with the game - but might add to your readiness quite a bit and (b) the new story element take place after the final assault, giving you the change to explore that new world you've created a bit (provided your Shepard is not dead, which is normally the case). Yet the illusion that you have the chance to create three entirely DIFFERENT new worlds at ME3's end would be history.
Game designer Mike Gamble twitters:
Hardest. Day. Ever. Seriously, if you people knew all the stuff we are planning...you'd, we'll - hold onto your copy of me3 forever.
With the above mentioned meager options they still have, whatever they're planning can't turn out that great. And second, what's that shit with holding on to my ME3 copy forever? I have to anyway, because these guys took my right to sell my retail games from me